24. 2. Indra gave me the lead: unfailingly it dispels sorcery. Then indeed the sterile cow puts it into the minds of the Brahmans to beg (for her). 16. 9. Homage (be) to the deliriously hot, the shaking, exciting, impetuous (takman)! When the king, weening himself mighty, desires to destroy the Brâhmana, then royal power is dissipated, where the Brâhmana is oppressed. If thou dost run three leagues away, (or even) five leagues, the distance coursed by a horseman, from there thou shalt again return, shalt be the father of our sons! As splendour is in Pragâpati, as in this Parameshthin (the lord on high), thus shall the amulet of varana hold fast, &c. 56. 6. khadira (acacia catechu) in lively style! He is the recipient of many International awards. Thou, the remedy called p6tudru, art the body of Agni, the deliverer, slayer of Rakshas, slayer of rivals, moreover thou chasest away disease. May this earth give us breath and life, may she cause me to reach old age! 1. Thou art born of the gods, thou art Soma's good friend. Brought hither are our heroes, brought hither to this house are our wives. 3. That fragrance of thine which is in men, the loveliness and charm that is in male and female, that which is in steeds and heroes, that which is in the wild animals with trunks (elephants), the lustre that is in the maiden, O earth, with that do thou blend us: not any one shall hate us! Away to naught shall go the hateful powers! 6. 7. 23. Upon the two most lovely places both he walks hither and away, knowing (the way). Deprived of your strength what will ye do? The goddess Prisniparnî has prepared prosperity for us, mishap for Nirriti (the goddess of destruction). 6. 4. 8. That do I fasten upon thee unto life, lustre, strength, longevity, unto a life lasting a hundred autumns, May the (amulet) of pearl protect thee! The (liturgies called) katurhotârah, the âpri-hymns, the triennial sacrifices, the (formulas called) nîvid, the sacrifices, the priestly functions, the cattle-sacrifice and the soma-oblations connected with it, are in the ukkhishta. 25. 2. Let us not with our tongue offend Rudra, who rushes on, thousand-eyed, overseeing all, who hurls (his shafts) forward, who is manifoldly wise! To the 'Ender,' to Death be reverence! With the breath of two-footed and four-footed creatures I blow upon thee, as on Agni when he is born (as on fire when kindled). 1. 1. Lift from us, O Varuna, the uppermost fetter, take down the nethermost, loosen the middlemost! May their weapons fall from their (hands), may they be unable to lay the arrow on (the bow)! 40. The Sâdhyas (blessed) go holding up with might one support of the net, the Rudras another, the Vasus another, (Still) another is upheld by the Âdityas. The kings who (themselves) make kings, the charioteers, and leaders of hosts, the folk about me all, do thou, O parna, make my aids! He that drinks thee lives; (that) person thou dost preserve. 10. Upon you, growing numerous, and living, may we, increasing in wealth, alive, attend! 1. 11. 1. The pepper-corns spake to one another, as they came out, after having been created: 'He whom we shall find (as yet) alive, that man shall not suffer harm!' Hither shall come Varuna, Soma, Agni; Brihaspati with the Vasus shall come hither! 7. The ceremony of the consecration of the king (râgasûya), the vâgapeya, the agnishtoma, and the cattle-sacrifice belonging to it, the arka and the horse-sacrifice, and the most delightful (sacrifice) for which fresh barhis is strewn, are in the ukkhishta. 8. May he, that cleaving moves straight on, spare our bodies; he who, a single force, has passed through threefold! 18. 5. He that injureth a Brâhmana, whose kin are the gods, does not reach heaven by the road of the Fathers. Let him then, too, as a babbling drunkard, pass away! Since not a little of the collection rises scarcely above the level of mere verbiage, the process of exclusion has not called for any great degree of abstemiousness. 24. All the gods that eat the oblation offered with the call vashat are coming over. Whether thou art beyond the haunts of men, or whether across the river, this very herb, as if a captive bound, shall bring, thee back to me! Of thy dear form, O Prâna, of thy very dear form, of the healing power that is thine, give unto us, that we may live! May the lovely goddess that bore Indra come to us, endowed with lustre! 2. 8. 4. Rohita made firm heaven and earth, by him the (heavenly) light was established, by him the firmament. As a reviler of the gods does he live among mortals, having swallowed poison, he becomes more bone (than flesh). We speak to Savitar, the god, to Dhâtar, and to Pûshan; to first-born Tvashtar do we speak: they shall deliver us from calamity! Listen, ye folks, to this: (a song) in praise of a hero shall be sung! Then the porridge which the two divinities (the sacrificer and his wife) are here preparing for us shall take note of our religious fer~our and our truth! This one clothes himself in the womb of the earth, this one clothes himself in heaven, and in the atmosphere. The Apsaras, Guggulil, I'lli, Naladi, Aukshagandhi, and Pramandani (by name), shall go to the river, to the ford of the waters, as if blown away! 16. 2. 8. 6. 8. I shall hew off, O spell, thy neck, and thy feet: run away! From thy entrails, canals, rectum, and abdomen; from thy belly, guts, and navel I do tear out the disease. I now prepare a remedy. May the rising sun by his resources and his majesty hurl down my enemies, lie the mighty one! Those who hound us in our chambers, while shouting goes on in the night of the new moon, and the other flesh-devourers who plan to injure us, all of them do I overcome with might. Be lighter than a leaf! Now the force that is in thy poison shall go down below! The earth which the Asvins have measured, upon which Vishnu has stepped out, which Indra, the lord of might, has made friendly to himself; she, the mother, shall pour forth milk for me, the son! From Arâti (grudge), Nirriti (misfortune), from sorcery, and from danger; from death and overstrong weapons the varana will protect thee. O bracelet, open up the womb, that the embryo be put (into it)! In the midst of a pond our house shall be: turn, (O fire), away thy jaws! Victorious, all-conquering Agni shall slay them that are my rivals! 2. There is no returning again for those who have been struck by our missiles. I make for him a remedy: O death, do not slay the man! Whatever breathes with breath, and sees with sight, all gods in the heavens, founded upon heaven, were born of the ukkhishta. A coaxing mixtLire of salve, of sweet wood, of kushtha, and of spikenard, do I deftly pick out with the hands of Bhaga (good fortune). That poison of thine which is not fluid I have confined within these (serpents?). All the gods have found thy arrangement upon the earth. For thou art the supporter of all successive (generations), the refuge of men. Then, too, every wild beast, insect, and worm shall obtain his fill on the human carcass, when (a man) has been pierced by thee, O Arbudi! As the sun is released from darkness, abandons the night, and the streaks of the dawn, thus every misery, (every) device prepared by the fashioner of the spell, (every) misfortune, do I leave behind, as an elephant the dust. As he did step hither all (men) did attend him. As the soma at the morn ing-pressure is dear to the Asvins, thus in my own person, O Asvins, lustre shall be sustained! 6. With this herb have I destroyed all spells, that which they have put into thy field, into thy cattle, and into thy men. From him sprung the brâhmanam (Brahmanic life) and the highest brahma, and all the gods together with immortality (amrita). Gently as a mother embrace the son: I unite thee, (pot of) earth, with the earth! 19. May I, rooted in the domain of royalty, become the chief! Bowing down to thee that fastenest thyself with heat upon every limb, we would reverence thee with oblations; we would reverence with oblations the crooks and hooks of thee that hast, as a seizer, seized the limbs of this person. 1. Relaxed is the opening of thy bladder like the ocean, the reservoir of water--thus let thy urine be released, out completely, with the sound bâl! Cause no injury, O Rudra, to our own persons! 5. Every moving thing I have held fast. 20. Let more than thousands be slain; may the club of Bhava crush them! 6. On the spot where the ship glided down, on the peak of the Himavant, there came to sight the ambrosia, there the kushtha-plant was born. . 1. Make the sorcerers howl! The god-angering (deed), O ye gods, that we, the (Brahman) gods, have committed, from that do ye, O Âdityas, release us, by virtue of the order of the universe! 6. Come ye, mighty ones, by this way here, by which I am conducting you here! 7. Her, the unfailingly victorious one, that wards off curses, that is powerful and defensive; (her and) all the plants have I assembled, intending that she shall save us from this (trouble)! 4. The gods, releasing the sun and the ritam (the divine order of the universe) from darkness and from Grâhi, did take them out of sin. High sounds the voice of the drum, that acts the warrior, the wooden (drum), equipped with the skin of the cow. (If), when sacrificing with the fat (animal), when offering oblations of ghee with the spoon, when desiring to benefit you, O all ye gods, we have contrary to desire, not succeeded! King Varuna pronounced this (to be) poison, prepared by the gods: no one who has devoured the cow of a Brâhmana retains the charge of a kingdom. 5. The (jaw, O beast,) that thou shuttest together, thou shalt not open up; that which thou openest up, thou shalt not shut together!--Born of Indra, born of Soma, thou, (my charm), art Atharvan's crusher of tigers. The sterile cow renders childless, and poor in cattle, him that yet appropriates her, when she has been begged for by the Brâhmanas. Drive far away these Kanvas, the effacers of life! Dwell in the world of the pious: there is a well-prepared (place) for us two! 2. 6. 7. Thence the king that maintains the laws shall loosen all shackles! Reverence, O god, be to thy shouting hosts, reverence to thy long-haired, reverence to thy reverenced, reverence to thy devouring hosts! 2. He carries him for three nights in his belly: when he is born the gods gather about to see him. What falsehood thou shalt speak at play and in the assembly, or the falsehood that thou shalt speak through lust for gain--put on together, (O man and wife), this same garment, deposit upon it every blemish! The worm with three heads and the one with three skulls, the speckled, and the white--I crush his ribs and I tear off his head. 4. Inferior to us shall be our rivals! The earthly and the heavenly animals, the wild and the domestic, the wingless and the winged (animals), have sprung from the Brahmakârin. And he has become the father of sons, and the most happy of men! It brings back him who has gone to a distance, rejoices him that approaches me. (Thyself) a male, step thou upon the hide of the male (steer): go, call thither all that is dear to thee! I have called upon heaven and earth, I have called upon the goddess Sarasvatî, I have called upon both Indra and Agni: may we succeed in this. Unite him, Agni, with breath and sight, provide him with a body and with strength! ॠण) is also an Avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu to kill demons. 35. 26. The variegated worm, the four-eyed, the speckled, and the white--I crush his ribs, and I tear off his head. By means of that do thou, full of force, live (a hundred) autumns; may it not flow out of thee: physicians have prepared it for thee! From the untruth which thou hast spoken, the abundant wrong, with thy tongue--from king, Varuna I release thee, whose laws do not fail. I free thee from all evil and disease, (and) unite thee with life. 52. 22. Neither aider, nor support did they find; smiting one another they shall go to death! There are mantra-s useful in specific cases like childbirth, the onset of sleep etc. 26. Fit together hair with hair, and fit together skin with skin! 6. 6. Since the salve of Trikakud is born upon the Himavant, it shall demolish all the wizards and all the witches. 5. Agni, our skilful vanguard, shall attack, burning, against their schemes and hostile plans! Dip ye in, stirring stick and spoon! 1. The offspring of them that fashion the spell, practise magic, or plot against us, crush thou, O spell, leave none of them! 15. This earth is (his first) piece of firewood, the heaven the second, and the atmosphere also he fills with (the third) piece of firewood. 10. 9. 3. 2. The gods did ask for the sterile cow, making the Brâhmana their mouthpiece. The Atharva Veda contains mantras for … Through (the gift of) a cow with broken horns his (cattle) breaks down, through a lame one he tumbles into a pit, through a mutilated one his house is burned, through a one-eyed one his property is given away. 8. 2. Superior art thou, inferior are thy rivals, and whatsoever adversaries are thine, O king! 1 8. As the eagle when he flies forth presses his wings against the earth, thus do I fasten down thy mind, so that thou, woman, shalt love me, so that thou shalt not be averse to me. The spell or the magic which they have buried against thee in the sacrificial straw (barhis), in the field, (or) in the burial-ground, or if with superior skill they have practised sorcery against thee, that art simple and innocent, in thy household fire,-- Through reference to the Atharva Veda, it can be concluded that citizens of that time believed that disease was “caused by supernatural powers, particularly demons” (Karambelkar 77). Thy body, O steed, leading (our) body, shall run, a pleasure to ourselves, delight to thyself! With seven wheels does this Time ride, seven naves has he, immortality is his axle. Make the cattle prosper, thou mother of twins! 2. And even, as the reed in every year, pass away without slaying men! 1. May this sturdy press-stone, with broad bottom, purified by the purifiers, beat away the Rakshas! As immortality is in the gods, as truth has been deposited in them, thus shall the amulet of varana hod fast, &c. 1. 6. 8. 8. Whatever the black bird, that has come hither stealthily, has touched of that ahich has stuck to the rim, or whatever the wet-banded slavegirl does pollute-may ye, O waters, purify (that) mortar and pestle! As the rising sun takes away the lustre of the stars, thus do I take away the strength of both the women and the men that hate me. For example: Gayatri mantra in Atharva Veda invokes the ‘brahma within’ whereas Gayatri mantra in the other 3 Vedas invokes the radiance of Savitr (Sun God) from outer space. 6. Wherever thou hast been put down, thence thee do we remove. O mother earth, kindly set me down upon a well-founded place! 4. 30. 19. 28. The food that I, O gods, improperly consume, (the food) I promise, intending to give of it (to the Brahmans), or not to give of it, by the might of mighty Vaisvânara (Agni) may (that) food be for me auspicious and full of honey! We know the father of the arrow, Parg-anya, who furnishes bountiful fluid, and well do we know his mother, Prithivi (earth), the multiform! When the teacher receives the Brahmakârin as a disciple, he places him as a foetus inside (of his body). Right here life's breath shall be to our friend; thee, O Parameshthin, Agni shall envelop in life and lustre! Shut their mouths, that they shall not eat the barley; free ye, moreover, the grain from danger! We speak to the sacrifice and the sacrificer, to the riks, the sâmans, and the healing (Atharvan) charms; we speak to the yagus-formulas and the invocations (to the gods): they shall deliver us from calamity! 3. One god stood upon you, as ye flowed according to will. The diseases of cattle and men have been driven out by the herbs: let them pass into navigable streams! Indra, the slayer of Vritra, shall drive him to the remotest distance, from which in all successive years he shall not again return! From thy belly, lungs, navel, and heart-the poison of all diseases I have charmed forth from thee. 6. 6. Come together, O ye kinsmen all, of one mind, to the glory of this mighty guardian! This gangida conquers the vishkandha, and smites the Atrin (devouring demons); may this all-healing gangida protect us from adversity! Let me announce thy origin over the extent of the world! 17. The (poison) which has been dug, that which has not been duo-, and that which is inherent, 1 have held fast. All the gods shall preserve thee here! Make firm their roots, draw out their ends, expand their middle., O herb! 1. Thy blood, thy bone shall grow: what is cut join thou together, O plant! 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